Molly McCracken, Director

Molly McCracken

Molly McCracken is the Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba office. Her research and commentary focuses on social inclusion and climate action. Molly holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University and an undergraduate honours degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is a member of the Make Poverty History Manitoba Steering Committee.  Call 204-927-3200 or [email protected]







Karen Schlichting, Office Manager

Karen Karen comes to the CCPA-MB office with twenty years of experience working as an artist, community organizer and activist. 

On her one day a week away from the office you might find her in obscure places with her 3000lb wood-fired bread oven. Call 204-927-3200 or [email protected]




Jess Klassen, Manitoba Research Alliance Project Coordinator 

Jess Klassen (she/her) is the Manitoba Research Alliance Coordinator (MRA) at CCPA Manitoba. She returned to CCPA in February 2023, having previously worked with the MRA from 2014-2019 as a grant administrator and community-based researcher. Jess holds a Master of Social Work with a focus on communities, policy, planning, and organizations from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jess can be reached at [email protected].






Niall Harney, Senior Researcher - Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues

Niall (he/him) joined CCPA-Manitoba in February 2022 as the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues. His research focuses on labour markets, income inequality, public finance, and political economy. Prior to joining the CCPA-MB Niall worked as a research analyst with non-profits and social enterprises across the country, and as an organizer with the Canadian Federation of Students. Niall has a BA in Global Political Economy from the University of Manitoba and an MSc in Geography from McGill University. To get in touch email [email protected]  






Allen Mankewich - Communications Officer.

Allen has a wide range of experience in the areas of communications, outreach, policy development, advocacy, and government relations within the public and non-profit sectors. He is motivated by working alongside various communities to affect change. Allen is a graduate of University of Winnipeg and Red River College.